THE crowd that packs into Kev Broome Stadium to watch basketball comes to expect a win.

They want it, anticipate it, and even demand it from the players.

The players themselves thrive on the crowd's expectations, feeding off the energy and lifting their performance to the top level.

The Gladstone Phoenix Power's female contingent has been the epitome of winning over the past few years, taking home titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the only blemish on their record a loss to Mackay last year.

Everything points to an easy victory at Kev Broome on Friday; the record, the crowd, the expectations and the quality of the players themselves.

The belief is there, and the result will follow, according to Power captain Jess Bibby.

"This week we are going to win," she said.

"But it is about how we win the game that matters."

The only loss of this season to Mackay was avenged last weekend with the narrow 79-78 triumph.

Bottom-placed side Suncoast Clippers is the rival tonight.

The Clippers are yet to register a win this season, having lost all their eight outings, and the Power is determined to continue improving and not put in a lazy performance.

"We don't want to spend the next three weeks dropping off," Bibby said.

"But it is a good opportunity to rest some people before the finals."

A playoff spot for the Power is guaranteed, and a win at home, as the team is expected to achieve that, will see Kev Broome host a home quarter-final.

A possible home semifinal and final is still on the cards for the Power, who will have its fingers crossed that Mackay lose to Cairns, Northside, Brisbane, Suncoast or Townsville in its remaining matches, an unlikely loss for the team that started the year as favourites and remains so for the title.

"If the sun shines on us then we might have it all at home," Bibby said.

"We finish at home and the only travelling is for a semi or final at this stage."



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